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Xscape members talk new music, upcoming tour without Kandi Burruss

The nostalgic sounds of ‘90s music from R&B quartet Xscape have surfaced once again. The performers have announced they are releasing new music in March 2018. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sat down and talked with three of the group’s original members, with one singer noticeably missing.

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Kandi Burruss decided not to make new music with the group after its Great Xscape Tour, opting instead to take her talents to Broadway to play Matron Mama Morton in “Chicago.” The reunion tour ended last month.

Burruss’ exit hasn’t stopped the ‘90s staple from making more music that fans -- old and new --crave so much. Xscape’s remaining members spoke about how it feels to be back on the road performing for fans and themselves. 

Read more at myAJC.com.

OH NO! Quavo Accused of Assault and Battery

Looks like Quavo of the Migos may be in some trouble. TMZ is reporting that Quavo allegedly beat up celebrity jeweler Eric The Jeweler during a Grammys after party at a NYC nightclub. Eric is also claiming that when he got away he realized that his $30,000 chain was missing. Read FULL STORY Here. 

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Story:  Hot New Hip Hop 

Is Kanye West Teaming Up with Teyana Taylor Again? 

In a recent interview Teyana Taylor revealed that her new album that is done and is just waiting on a few fixes has been Executive Produced by  Kanye West!!  We can not wait to see what magic Kanye has created!! 

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Kim Kardashian West calls out Lindsay Lohan’s ‘confusing accent’ when questioned on braids

Kim Kardashian West showed off a new braided ‘do on social media Monday, captioning the shot “BO WEST” in a nod to Bo Derek. The photo faced some backlash from fans accusing the reality star of cultural appropriation. Kardashian West seemed to be ignoring the comments about her cornrows until Lindsay Lohan chimed in.

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Blogger Perez Hilton was among the many to share the reality star’s questionable photo and asked followers what they thought of it. Lohan wrote, “I am confused.”

Never to be outdone, Kardashian West fired back, “@linsdaylohan you know what’s confusing…your sudden foreign accent.”

The “sudden foreign accent” she was referring to was the accent Lohan said she picked up through her world travels in a 2016 interview with the Daily Mail.

“It’s a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn,” Lohan said at the time. “I’ve been learning different languages since I was a child. I’m fluent in English and French, can understand Russian and am learning Turkish, Italian and Arabic.”

Lohan hasn’t responded to Kardashian West, but during a recent interview with Wendy Williams, her accent was gone.

Related video: What You Need To Know About Kim Kardashian

Hilarious photo of woman's reaction to Beyoncé takes internet by storm

Beyoncé fans shared a relatable moment on social media after some noticed a woman in the background of the star’s Instagram photo.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Grammys: Red carpet

The pop singer posted a few pictures of herself and her husband, Jay-Z, at the Grammys.

>> See the post here

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Grammy Awards

But fans spotted another person of interest in one of the photos Beyoncé posted.

>> Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars makes magic, Kendrick Lamar scores, Jay-Z shut out

They found the woman’s look of shock more than relatable.

>> 2018 Grammys: Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar among winners

Others focused on the fact that the woman remained in the picture, despite the crop feature on Instagram.

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Either way, we hope she’s recovered from the interaction.

(H/T Twitter)

Check Out the List of 2018 Grammy Winners

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards happened last night.  Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars WON BIG!!

Here is a list of all of the winners.  

Album Of The YearAwaken, My Love! — Childish Gambino4:44 — JAY-ZDAMN. — Kendrick LamarMelodrama — Lorde24K Magic — Bruno Mars (WINNER)*

Record Of The Year“Redbone” — Childish Gambino“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber“The Story of O.J.” — JAY-Z“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar”24K Magic” — Bruno Mars — (WINNER)*

Song Of The Year“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f. Justin Bieber)“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic f. Alessia Cara & Khalid)“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) [WINNER]*

New ArtistAlessia Cara (WINNER)*KhalidLil Uzi VertJulia MichaelsSZA

R&B Performance“Get You” — Daniel Caesar f. Kali Uchis“Distraction” — Kehlani“High” — Ledisi“That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars (WINNER)*“The Weekend” — SZA

Traditional R&B Performance“Laugh and Move On” — the Baylor Project“Redbone” — Childish Gambino (WINNER)*“What I’m Feelin'” — Anthony Hamilton featuring the Hamiltones“All the Way” — Ledisi“Still” — Mali Music

R&B Song“First Began” — PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)“Location” — Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)“Redbone” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)“Supermodel” — Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) [WINNER]*

Urban Contemporary AlbumFree 6lack — 6LACKAwaken, My Love! — Childish GambinoAmerican Teen — KhalidCTRL — SZAStarboy — The Weeknd (WINNER)*

R&B AlbumFreudian  — Daniel CaesarLet Love Rule — Ledisi24K Magic — Bruno Mars (WINNER)*Gumbo — PJ MortonFeel the Real — Musiq Soulchild

Rap Performance“Bounce Back” — Big Sean“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B“4:44” — JAY-Z“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)*“Bad and Boujee” — Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Rap/Sung Performance“Prblms” — 6lack“Crew” — Goldlink f. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy“Family Feud” — JAY-Z f. Beyoncé“LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar f. Rihanna (Winner)*“Love Galore” — SZA f. Travis Scott

Rap Song“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)“Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse f. Run the Jewels & Big Boi)“HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) [WINNER]*“Sassy” — E. Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)“The Story of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

Best Rap Album4:44 – JAY-ZDAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)*Culture – MigosLaila’s Wisdom – RapsodyFlower Boy – Tyler The Creator

Music Video” Up All Night” — (Beck) Canada, video director; Laura Serra Estorch & Oscar Romagosa, video producers“Makeba” — (Jain) Lionel Hirle & Gregory Ohrel, video directors; Yodelice, video producer“The Story of O.J.” — (JAY-Z) Shawn Carter & Mark Romanek, video directors; Daniel Midgley, video producer“HUMBLE.” — (Kendrick Lamar) The Little Homies & Dave Meyers, video directors; Jason Baum, Dave Free, Jamie Rabineau, Nathan K. Scherrer & Anthony Tiffith, video producers (WINNER)*“1-800-273-8255” — (Logic f. Alessia Cara & Khalid) Andy Hines, video director; Andrew Lerios, video producer

Photo Credit:  Recording Academy 

Story Credit: Hip Hop DX 

Hillary Clinton, Cardi B, others read ‘Fire and Fury’ at 2018 Grammys

The 60th Grammy Awards got political on more than one occasion Sunday night, and Hillary Clinton’s appearance in a gag that poked fun at President Donald Trump was no exception.

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Cher, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B and DJ Khaled were among the celebrities to join Grammys host James Corden in auditions to do voice overs for Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Related: 10 stunning claims about Trump White House from ‘Fire and Fury’

“Trump won’t read anything. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored,” Legend read.

Cher read, “His comb-over: the color was a product called ‘Just for Men.’”

Related: Photos: 2018 Grammy Awards

Trump’s one-time opponent, Clinton, showed up at the end of the video.

“One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made,” she read.

Corden was most impressed with her performance and assured her that a Grammy was “in the bag” for the part.

Although Trump has yet to respond to the joke, his son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted his thoughts.

Clinton is a Grammy winner herself. She took home the award for best spoken word album in 1997.

Watch the video of the auditions below:

Is Lil Pump Joining DJ Khaled and We The Best? 

Rumors are floating that Dj Khaled wants to sign Lil Pump after he posted on his Instagram pics on his of them together and alerts to his lawyers to get the paperwork!! READ FULL STORY  

PIC: DJ KHALED INSTAGRAM 

STORY: HIP HOP DX 

Emmy-winning 'Roots' star Olivia Cole dies in Mexico at 75

Olivia Cole, who won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Matilda, wife to Chicken George in the landmark miniseries "Roots," has died, a burial association executive said. She was 75.

Cole died last Friday at her home in San Miguel de Allende, a central Mexico city, said Linda Cooper, executive secretary of the 24 Horas de San Miguel de Allende cremation and burial group.

The cause of death was a heart attack, Cooper said Thursday.

Cole received an Emmy Award for her role in ABC's smash hit 1977 drama based on African-American writer Alex Haley's book "Roots," which dramatized the lives of his ancestors from West Africa to slavery and post-Civil War.

She was the first African-American to win in the Emmy category of best supporting actress in a miniseries.

In the late 1970s, Cole reportedly lamented that Hollywood failed to respond to "Roots" with more opportunities for black actors and actresses. She wasn't alone.

"You'd think somebody might have followed up with stories about other black families and experiences. Nobody followed up," series executive producer David L. Wolper told The Associated Press in 2002, on the drama's 25th anniversary.

Ben Vereen played Chicken George in the ensemble cast that also included LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, Cicely Tyson, Madge Sinclair and

Cole, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, pursued her education at New York City's Hunter College High School, Bard College in New York and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, from which she graduated with honors in 1964.

She also earned a theater arts master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Her first credited screen performance came in the daytime serial "Guiding Light" in 1969, with other TV and movie credits including "North and South," Oprah Winfrey's "The Women of Brewster Place" and "Coming Home."

Cole received a lead-actress Emmy nomination for the 1979 miniseries "Backstairs at the White House."

She embraced stage work, appearing regularly on Broadway in the 1960s and '70s in plays including "The Merchant of Venice," ''You Can't Take It With You" and "The School for Scandal."

In her adopted town of San Miguel de Allende, Cole held readings of Shakespeare's plays for three decades, The New York Times said.

"She once told me that she thought she had done her best work in the Shakespeare group, just because she was learning so much," Wendy Sievert, a friend of Cole's, told the Times.

Cole, who was divorced from actor Richard Venture, is survived by cousins, according to Cooper.

Oprah: 'I don't have the DNA' for a presidential bid

Before her iconic Golden Globes speech sparked a new presidential push on social media, Oprah Winfrey declared that she's not interested in a White House bid.

The billionaire media mogul says in a newly published interview that she's aware of the clamoring among Democrats and liberals looking to counter President Donald Trump, a wealthy real estate titan who parlayed his reality TV career into the presidency.

"I've always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not," Winfrey told InStyle magazine. "And so it's not something that interests me. I don't have the DNA for it."

The 63-year-old Winfrey is among the wealthiest businesswomen in the country and is one of the world's most recognizable black women, perhaps exceeded only by former first lady Michelle Obama.

The interview is the cover story for InStyle's March edition, which features a smiling Winfrey along with the headline: "Hello, Madam President?"

Winfrey's comments came several weeks before her Jan. 7 acceptance of a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. She drew widespread acclaim for her remarks on overcoming racism and her praise of women speaking out against pervasive sexual harassment across multiple industries.

The speech spawned the Twitter hashtag #oprah2020, which trended for several days afterward.

Erykah Badu responds to criticism of Adolf Hitler, Bill Cosby remarks

Often-provocative singer Erykah Badu, who was arrested in Dallas in 2010 after filming an unauthorized video for “Window Seat,” in which she stripped off all her clothes, is making headlines once again with a comment praising Adolf Hitler’s artistic abilities.

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In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, she said she is able to see good in everyone, no matter how repugnant a person’s actions might be.

“I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” she said, to which the incredulous reporter, David Marchese, responds, “Come again?”

“Yeah, I did,” Badu says. “Hitler was a wonderful painter.”

The response came after Marchese asked Badu about a story he came across while doing research for the interview. The 2008 article from The Associated Press said the singer defended Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. The AP reported that Farrakhan had praise for Hitler in a 1984 speech and that his statements have been considered anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League.

“(Farrakhan is) not an anti-Semite. He loves all people,” Badu told The AP at the time. 

Badu was also asked about her thoughts on separating art from the artist, like in the case of musician XXTentacion, who is involved in a domestic-abuse case from 2016, and Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault and rape by more than 50 women.

“I weigh everything. Even what you just asked me, I would have to really think about it and know the facts in each of those situations before I made a judgment. Because I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him?”

Badu said she does have sympathy for the accusers, but she maintained that she thinks for herself on issues of injustice.

“The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people. I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it.

“Somebody will call me and ask me to come to a march because such and such got shot. In that situation I want to know what really happened. I’m not going to jump up and go march just because I’m green and the person who got shot is green. The rush to get mad doesn’t make sense to me.”

It did not take long for Badu’s comments to be scrutinized. Badu responded to critics who took issue with her statements on Twitter. She also said many of those who questioned her comments did not read the full article and ignored the fact that she was speaking about thinking for herself on issues rather than being told how to respond.

The full interview can be read at Vulture.com.

Jada Pinkett Smith praises Jessica Chastain for wage fight

Jada Pinkett Smith is praising Jessica Chastain for fighting for pay equity in Hollywood.

During a diverse storytelling panel at the Sundance Film Festival, Pinkett Smith on Sunday relayed the story that Chastain negotiated raises for both her and actress Octavia Spencer, who are co-starring in an upcoming comedy.

"Jessica stood up for Octavia and I want you to know because they stood together, they got three times what they were asking for as a unit," she said.

Pinkett Smith stressed the importance of women in Hollywood working together to stop wage disparity.

"It's nice to go out and march, we can do that. It's nice to wear black at the Golden Globes. But what are we doing behind closed doors? And I got to give our sister Jessica Chastain her props."

Lil Jon Helps Open a 2nd School in Ghana 

Hi Five to DJ/ Rapper #LilJon!! Back in October he opened up a a kindergarten in #Ghana #Africa dedicating it to his late mother and now his Give Back game has not stopped! #CNN is reporting that He is now breaking ground on a second school which will be a primary school enrolling 313 children! ️ 

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Story Credit: hotnewhiphop.com

Laverne Cox makes history on cover of Cosmopolitan magazine

One “Orange is the New Black” star is helping Cosmopolitan magazine make history.

According to Mashable, Laverne Cox made history by appearing as the first trans cover girl for the magazine. Cosmopolitan South Africa’s #SayYesToLove issue is set to come out in February 2018 and features a number of LGBT figures and activists.

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What’s even more significant is that South Africa made sexual orientation-based discrimination illegal in the country’s constitution in 1996. The country also made history in 2006 by becoming the first African country to legalize same-sex marriage and the fifth county in the world to do so.

Cox received congratulations for the groundbreaking appearance.

“Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light,” Cox told the publication. “Let go of fear and live a fun, fearless life. If I can do it, you can do it.”

Amazon pulls ‘absolutely shocking’ slavery apparel after backlash

Amazon is facing backlash for a series of products on its site that displayed a slogan praising slavery.

A third-party seller named Styleart was selling a number of items with the phrase “slavery gets (expletive) done” and an image of pyramids in the background. The merchandise, which has since been taken down, included laptop cases, mugs, bags, T-shirts and bibs, and some of the apparel was modeled by white infants

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Many customers were outraged, and Anti-Slavery International, a human rights organization, called the shirts “absolutely shocking.” 

Others expressed their disappointment with the company and challenged the retailer to better monitor things sold on the site. A few even threatened to boycott and cancel their accounts.

Amid the criticism, Amazon pulled the products, according to a statement the company gave to Reuters.

“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” a spokesman said. “The products in question are no longer available.”

The Amazon incident occurred just weeks after H&M came under fire for posing a black child model in a hoodie that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.” The image was removed from the website, and H&M issued an apology.

Signs a doctor may be a sexual predator

For seven days now, young women who were sexually violated by former doctor Larry Nassar have been confronting him in a Michigan courtroom about his despicable acts.

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Most were too young to recognize that the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor was abusing them in the guise of medical treatment. His victims — more than 150 — were young gymnasts and dancers entrusted to his care.They weren’t the only ones exploited. 

Thousands of other doctors across the country have been accused of sexually violating patients, the AJC found last year in a national investigation. Some physicians violated scores of patients before they were stopped. The worst had hundreds of victims. You can read about some of the other offenders here: http://doctors.ajc.com/many_alleged_victims/

Often, patients were victimized while doctors pretended to do legitimate medical exams. Among the cases the AJC found were ones where a doctor performed dozens of unnecessary Pap smears a year on a patient; where children were abused when their parents were in the exam room, and where even women trained as rape crisis counselors were assaulted.

Confused or embarrassed, many patients, like Nassar’s victims, stayed silent for years. When victims did come forward, the AJC found that medical boards often gave offenders a second chance and did not report the violation to police.

How can you recognize when a doctor is sexually abusing patients in the guise of exams and stay safeThese are things doctors should never do:

  • Deliberately watch a patient dress or undress or help a patient undress, unless the patient is incapable of doing so
  • Fail to provide draping or gowns during exams
  • Examine or touch genitals without use of gloves
  • Make sexual comments about a patient’s body or underclothing; make sexually demeaning comments; or comment on potential sexual performance
  • Solicit a date or romantic relationship with a patient
  • Perform an intimate exam or consultation without clinical justification or without explaining to the patient the need for it
  • Conduct an intimate exam in an unusual manner, such as conducting a breast exam from behind the patient; leaving both breasts exposed; or ordering the patient to assume positions to expose the patient’s genital or rectal areas without clinical justification
  • Request details of sexual history of sexual likes or dislikes when that is not clinically indicated for the type or exam or consultation
  • Touch breasts, genitals or any sexualized body part for any purpose other than appropriate exam or treatment or when a patient has withdrawn consent
  • Encourage the patient to masturbate in the presence of the physician.

Changes in laws in every state also can help protect patients from dangerous doctors. Read about changes needed in your state here: http://doctors.ajc.com/states/

Nassar is expected to be sentenced Wednesday on 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.

50 Cent made MILLIONS with Bitcoins

50 Cent has the POWER and is BRILLIANT! Back in 2014 when his album “Animal Ambition” was released he accepted Bitcoins as currency for payment.  Well now TMZ is reporting that those Bitcoins are worth $7 million - $8.5 million!!!!  Talk about money moves!  Read More   

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Story: Hip Hop DX 

Rick Ross Baby Mama Aint Havin It..

We can’t make this stuff up. Lol! In the case of Rick Ross vs Baby Mama Tia. She is mad or should we say fed up with her baby daddy.  So over the weekend it was reported that Rick Ross had  picked a fight with his baby mama, Tia Kemp.  Now his rant was allegedly due to Tia’s charge that he hasn't seen his son in 6 months. Well she clapped back in a live video via social media, which lasted about 30 minutes. Tia tells it all, all of Ross’ family business (did she say his sister slept with their mother’s husband???) down to the fact that Ross was hospitalized in a secret hospital in Miami after a massive grand mal seizure last year.  We also learned that she doesn’t care for Ross's’ mother who texted her to say Happy New Year, which she did not approve of. “ Instead of texting me” Tia said, “text your grandson!”  She even throws a little shade ok the whole tree at rapper, Flo-Rida as well. She says that Flo needs to check up on his kids too and urges followers to go to his social media page to remind him to do so. The clap back is real. No one is safe. 

NEW LIL WAYNE

Looks like Lil Wayne is not gonna stop.  He teamed up with Hot boy turk to drop a joint mixtape titled HOT BOY S**T.  Here’s the main joint off the project Til She Lose Her Voice!  In this he talks about his raunchy ways.  All produced by Dj Spin & Whiiiite. 

Super Bowl LII 2018: Eagles vs. Patriots kickoff time, channel, livestream, odds

Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games -- one a comeback, the other a blowout -- gave us the lineup for the Super Bowl that will pit the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Tom Brady, with 12 stitches in his hand, led the Patriots in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to put them in the Super Bowl for a record 10th time.

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Philadelphia didn’t need a comeback, the Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings' touchdown on the opening drive, winning the NFC championship 38-7.

Super Bowl LII (52), with all its pageantry, commercials and parties, is set for Feb. 4

Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LII:When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018Who: The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia EaglesWhere: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MinnesotaNational anthem: Pink will sing the national anthemHalftime entertainment: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime ShowWhat time: 6:30 p.m. ET What channel: NBC will broadcast the game Odds: The Patriots are favored by five points, according to OddsShark.

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